How to Use Your Camera: Focus, Sensor and Lens

Steve Kozak M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Once again, PPA Instructor Steve Kozak gets back to basics – after all, without the fundamentals, you don’t have much!

In this class, Steve gives an easy-to-understand, straightforward overview of your camera, focusing specifically on sensors, making lens selection and choosing focus settings. In this class, Steve will:

  • Help you understand the difference between RAW and JPG related to capture size.
  • Teach the mechanics of full-frame and cropped-frame sensor cameras and how this relates to your lens.
  • Examine the differences between telephoto, normal and wide-angle lenses and which is best for you to use when.

Whether you’re in the market for a camera or just want to know how to better use what you have, this class is one a good photographer can’t miss!

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Steve Kozak Bio

Steve Kozak is an active member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Texas Professional Photographers Association. PPA Certified and having earned “Master of Photography” and the “Craftsman” degrees, his work has appeared in the prestigious “Loan Collection.” Professional recognition of his work includes the Masterpiece Award from Fuji Film USA and the Sunset Print Award from LexJet. He has served on the PPA Board of Directors and is a PPA qualified instructor for PPA Certification prep classes.

Steve has recorded over a dozen videos for the PPAedu program. These videos include classes on the fundamentals of photography, manual flash photography, exposure, opening a new studio as well as videos for CPP study preparation.


He has taught 19 years at the prestigious Texas School of Professional Photography and 16 years at Imaging USA.  He has also taught at the Mid-America Institute of Professional Photography, The East Coast School, and Image Explorations near Victoria, British Columbia.

Steve serves as the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association.